Posted by: Dale Byers | March 12, 2018



Introduction to our studies

There is much concern over the decline in the moral atmosphere of our nation. We see it in the divorce rate, crime, and the responsibility of the church to bring the message of God’s love to the world. The whole of societal structure is crumbling. Churches are struggling to maintain true spiritual worship and search for ways that will keep young people coming to church. In the meantime the world is perishing in need of the Gospel of Christ.

Some say the answer for the church is in the music. Some say the dress. Some say that church is no longer relative. I am convinced that the answer lies in restoring the Christian home. When God created man He knew of the soon coming sin and the consequences of the fall. In God’s great work of the creation of mankind, He did not begin by establishing human government or even the church. He began His creation with the establishment of the home with Adam, Eve and children. He established the family before any other institution. If we are to see any lasting changes in the church and the nation, we must begin by establishing those principles of the family. Listen to the words of Dr. Howard Hendricks:

“One of the alarming trends in America today is the gradual disappearance of the  distinctively Christian home. This type of home is not merely one where Christ resides but one where He rules and where Christian truth permeates every area of human experience.

One reason for the gradual decline of the distinctively Christian home is that Christian parents are not fulfilling their responsibilities. One mother told her minister, “Pastor, I want you to know that every time the doors of this church are opened, my children will be here.” The pastor was impressed with this remark until he realized the true significance of it.

Like this mother, many parents, in effect, take their children to the doors of some evangelical church, deposit them there and say, “Here, you lead them to Christ; you teach them the Word of God.” And in so doing these parents feel they have shed a responsibility that God has place at their doorstep. Parents must remember that the church is not, and can never become, a substitute for the Church.

In Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Moses listed two basic responsibilities of Christian parents: “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes,And thou shalt write them upon the post of thy house and on thy gates.”

The two commandments are: (1) for you to love the Lord with all your heart (2) teach your children the truths of God’s Word by what you say and what you do.”

I hope you will continue to read and study these weekly messages to our grandchildren.


Posted by: Dale Byers | March 10, 2018

New Blogs Coming

First of all I would like to apologize because I have not been very regular in getting an article out to you recently and I have even reposted old articles. I am going to do something that is very close to my heart. I have been researching and praying that God will use these blogs in a special way. I am doing a study of Psalm 127 under the title, ‘THINGS I WANT OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO KNOW.” I have written to each of them and they have agreed to participate and to respond to these articles. I will send out one a week. I will send them first to our grandchildren and then post it on my blogsite. There are so many principles in Psalm 127 that I want to give to our Grandkids. They are very special to us. Would you pray that God will bless these articles for His Glory and for the profit of our grandchildren and for the profit of other families? Any prayer you can offer for these studies will be much appreciated. I want to make them practical and helpful for those who read them. Any ideas or suggestions will be received with thanksgiving. The first article will come out next week.* Blogsite for past articles:
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Posted by: Dale Byers | February 28, 2018

The Christian and the Local Church

 Hebrews 10:25

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Every Christian should be identified with and faithfully active in a local church. When you are searching for a local church do not measure a church by it’s size alone. I Corinthians 3:12-23 warns us that every true Christian will appear before Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Their works will be examined, not at how big or how many but what quality characterizes their work. That same principle is true of local churches. Many variables come into play. Some churches are by nature larger than others because of their location, gifts of leadership, etc. Just being large, however does not necessarily mean that it is a healthy church. Like our physical bodies, they can be made large by feeding it junk food.

You cannot measure a church singularly by how active it is or how many programs are available. A physical body can be ill with St. Vida’s’ Dance and there is much activity but it does not mean it is healthy. Due to epilepsy some physical bodies are not being controlled by the head. Matt. 7:23 tells of a man who boasted of doing great things for Christ, but Jesus said that in the judgment, He would say to the man, “I never knew you…” However, a body that has no movement is dead. Find a church that is alive and giving evidence of fulfilling the great commission.

Local churches must be measured by how they are being directed by The Word of God. Much can be determined by a church’s view of the Bible. Make certain that your church holds to a plenary, verbal inspiration of the Scriptures as originally written. The Bible does not contain the Word of God, The Bible IS the Word of God. You must also examine how a local church body is living out and fulfilling the commands of Christ.

Churches that are solidly built upon the Word of God will hold a high view of the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man. Remember, Christ taught us to be caring and to love this world in their needs, but the Great Commission is not to feed the hungry, nor to cloth the poor. The Great Commission is to rescue perishing souls from an eternal hell. Hell and Heaven are both real and that is the truth because it was taught to us by the One who is The Truth.



Posted by: Dale Byers | February 26, 2018


2 Cor. 1:2-5

 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

 On one occasion I had the privilege of speaking to a group of people who had experienced the death of a child. It was a very special time. We ministered to one another. They came from various backgrounds with different stories to tell. One had a teen-age daughter who was taken from them, and one touching story was of a young couple whose six-year-old son died of cancer. We represented various age groups with diverse battles to fight and a variety of issues that come from the death of a child. Dr. Larry Lilly had donated a copy of his new book, Outrageous Forgiveness in 30 Days, to each family. It is a tremendous book and will be a blessing to many people. You may contact him at his email address: <>). I also gave them each a copy of our book, SUICIDE: How God Sustained a Family. We pray that God will use it to minister to other hurting hearts. If you would like to become involved in that program call 395-3138 or   What a diverse group we represented.

While there may have been many things that were different among us, we all knew that the one thing that bound us together was the grace, mercy, and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. What do you say to hurting people? What can you do to comfort them? Is there anything that can help? These were all issues that we covered. But there was one common thread that bound us together and gave us hope, and that is the marvelous grace of our loving God. It is in those dark hours that we find light for our path and hope for our future. He is called the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:2) because He is the God of all grace (2 Tim. 1:2) Who extends to us His immeasurable mercy (Ps. 103:8-12). I know you are aware of the definitions; but grace is God giving us what we do not deserve, and mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve.

You may presently be going through one of those dark nights in your life. You may not be able to comprehend God’s purposes. You may wonder, Why? Why now? What else can come? These are all unanswerable questions. While we do not know all of the answers, we do have the right solution. Proverbs 3:5-6 exhorts us, Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Not only has God given us grace and mercy, but He is also the great God of peace. Through the darkest hour of the night, and in the midst of the most severe storm, He has promised peace to those who put their trust in Christ, Who is called the Prince of Peace.

To those who are hurting, I beckon you to come to Him and trust in your great source of comfort. He is the God of love, grace, mercy, and peace (Titus 1:4).



Posted by: Dale Byers | February 21, 2018


   Matt. 28:19                               

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .

 Our Savior came to this world to redeem fallen mankind. He suffered on the Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the world. After being dead for three days He arose victorious over death. Those who truly repent, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life and become the Church, which is the Body of Christ. The Bible describes that experience as being “saved” (Eph. 2:5,8; Acts 4:11). Those who trust Christ as Savior are delivered from the penalty of sin and are given the hope of eternal life with Christ (Jn. 3:16). Our Lord Jesus Christ paid the full price for our redemption; and every born-again believer becomes part of the Church, which is His Body (1 Cor. 12:27). When Christ ascended into Heaven, He commissioned His Church to go into all the world and to offer this gift of salvation to every individual (Mk. 16:15-16). We are to make disciples of those who receive the Savior, and to extend and continue that mission for which He came. The Scriptures provide the credentials and the instructions for how the Body of Christ is to carry out our Savior’s great mandate (Acts 2:41-47).

The Church Which Is His Body Has Been Given the Power and Authority of Christ!    I have a friend who is a Supervisory Special Agent-in-Charge with a federal investigative agency. He carries a gold badge and credentials that identify the federal agency, his position, and his authority to conduct investigations on behalf of the United States Government. It is interesting that the badge is often referred to as a Shield. In fact, one of the several dictionary definitions for the word shield is a policeman’s badge. That badge gives him authority to accomplish his mission; and if someone refuses to acknowledge that badge, they are refusing to submit to the Government of the United States and will answer for their behavior. In other words, the Government has issued the badge and credentials to my friend so that those being investigated, and those contacted as part of an investigation, recognize his authority and power to conduct the investigation on behalf of the United States Government.

The Church, which is the Body of Christ, has been given the power and authority of the King of Kings. Notice Christ’s departing words to His disciples as He ascended to Heaven: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Amen. (Matt. 28:18-20)

In John 17:16-18 we read of Christ’s great High Priestly prayer for His Church. He prayed for us to His Father in Heaven: “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

In the Upper Room, our Lord Jesus was preparing His disciples for the fulfillment of His mission. He knew that He would be departing, and His disciples needed to be prepared for their task. Listen to His words in John 14:12-15:  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

We might ask, “How could we possibly do greater works than Jesus did?” We marvel at his miracles. It does not mean that our works would be better, but that there would be a far wider outreach. At Pentecost Peter preached one sermon, and 3,000 souls were converted to Christ. It could only be possible because Christ ascended to His Father in Heaven and sent the Holy Spirit. It is much greater to see one soul won to Christ than to see many miracles. Missionaries and evangelists have gone worldwide proclaiming this glorious message of salvation.

You and I as members of the Church, which is His Body, have been given a shield and a mission. We face three great enemies: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Sometimes we live defeated and discouraged lives because we fail to claim and call upon the One who is Lord of all. Too many times our praying is only for our personal comfort or pleasure, and we pray more for our physical bodies than we do for The Body of Christ. We have been given power and authority to do Christ’s great commission. One day we will see our Savior face to face, and He will reward us according to how faithful we have been to the task of preaching the glorious Gospel to a dying world.

Is there some area in your life that has defeated you? Then claim the authority that is given to us in Christ.



Posted by: Dale Byers | February 19, 2018


John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

 How does Christ give His Body? Jesus took the bread, Jesus broke the bread, and Jesus gave the bread to His disciples. He used that visual illustration of the bread to teach us about his incarnation, his vicarious, sacrificial death, and the commissioning of His Church to evangelize the world and make disciples. Those who are truly born again are identified as the “Church which is the Body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 12:27).

The Church, which is His Body, has been commissioned to continue what Christ began. His sermons and His miracles had taught the disciples to be ministers and to be servants to others. In the Upper Room He washed the disciples’ feet—even Judas, who was to betray Him. Remember the miracle of feeding the five thousand (Jn. 6:1-14)? Christ’s instructions were, “you give them to eat” (Mk. 6:37). They did not have sufficient provisions for so many, but through Christ’s power the five loaves and two fishes were enough. Always, He taught His disciples to maintain a servant’s heart and to be givers to those in need. Our Savior continually gives, and His gifts are always more than sufficient. They are overflowing. Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (Jn. 10:10).

How does Christ give His Body today? His Body is always given in love. He taught us to love people. It is the very nature of God to give good things to us (Ps. 145:9). The Father gave (Jn. 3:16); the Son gave (Tit. 2:14); the Holy Spirit also gives (Eph. 4:4-7). If Jesus is to be given to the world, it must be through an act of love because that is God’s nature, (1 Jn. 4:8,16). He is Love, and that love is manifested through the Church. Love is a distinguishing mark of the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hatred seems to be the philosophy of some religions, but notice the words of Christ. “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you” (Luke 6:27).

When we participate in the Lord’s Supper, we are declaring that love is the characteristic of our lives. Jesus said that all men would be able to distinguish His followers by the love that we have for one another. Notice the words of John 13:34-35:  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Partaking of the Lord’s Table is a declaration and a promise that we have participated in the love of Christ for us and we are practicing the love of Christ toward others. Church fights and carnal arguments are a disgrace to His name and purpose. Sometimes believers come to the Table with feelings of bitterness and anger towards one another, and they partake of the elements just as though everything is fine. But it is not fine with God. There are people who have not spoken for years; yet they both partake of Communion, proclaiming that they have participated in Christ’s love for them and are practicing loving others. It must grieve the heart of our loving God.

Acts 2:42-47 presents us with the program of the first days of the Church. You will notice the unity and love that characterized them. They enjoyed sweet communion with God and with one another. The Bible teaches us to love both God and man in the Old Testament (Deut. 6:4-5; 10:19); but Christ’s new commandment was for His disciples to love to the same extent that He loved us, even to the point of death. We glory in His love for us. He loved us even to the Cross death. Christ commands us to love one another to this same extent.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another (Jn. 13:34).  Do you see how petty arguments and angry words should never be permitted for those who have participated in Christ’s love and now declare that they are practicing the love of Christ? Coming to the Lord’s Table is a serious and precious event.

He wants to give His love to a dying world. The way He has chosen to give Himself is through His Body, the Church. Before you participate at the Lord’s Table, be sure all is right with you and God, and with one another. It will transform our local churches.



Posted by: Dale Byers | February 16, 2018


Matthew 26:26    

               And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

  1. He Gave The Bread. As the eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ came to redeem fallen mankind and to restore and to fulfill man’s purpose in creation. The only way man could be redeemed was for God Himself to become man and be the sinless substitute in judgment for sin and impute to fallen mankind, the righteousness of God to those who repent of sin and by faith receive Christ as Savior (2 Cor. 5:21). He took the bread, symbolically showing how He had taken on humanity. Now He eternally exists as the God-Man. The Son of God was born of a woman, and thus also became The Son of Man (Gal. 4:4). He took the bread, explaining the symbolism: “This is my body.” He then illustrated how He was to die. He took the bread and broke it. What a beautiful picture of how His heart was broken, and He died as the substitute in judgment for any who by faith claim Him as their Savior. Now we learn the third truth of redemption.

Three Truths of Redemption

He Took the bread, He broke the bread, and He gave the bread, and instructed the disciples to take and eat. If the bread represents His body, how does Jesus give His body to His disciples? Is Jesus’ body still on the earth? We must reply, “Yes, it is.” Consider the verses in Ephesians 1:22-23, which speak of Christ and His body:

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.

The resurrected body of Jesus is limited to one location in Heaven at the Father’s right hand; but He declared the bread is His body, and He also identified the Church as His body. Other verses in the New Testament consider this truth:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell (Col. 1:17-19).

You are the Body of Christ and members in particular (1 Cor. 12:27).   The Church is clearly identified as the Body of Christ. Just as a husband and wife are one, so Christ and His Church are one. We find this illustrated in Acts 8:1, where the Church was under a great persecution led by Saul of Tarsus: “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem.”

Please notice that the persecution was against the Church. Christ Himself met Saul on the Damascus road with this question in Acts 9:4: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? He did not ask, “Why do you persecute the church,” but why do you persecute “Me?” The Church is so identified with Christ because Christ and His Church are one.   ‘For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the  church: and he is the savior of the body (Eph. 5:23).

Following His ascension, He continues to assume responsibility to love, protect, and provide. He has a throne of mercy and grace for us (Heb. 1:1-3; 4:16-17).

There is Unity in the Body of Christ, and there is diversity in the Body of Christ.  The head is connected to every part of the body. So Christ and His Church are one. There is one Church, but it may be manifested in numerous local churches. However, there is only one Church which is His Body. Local churches exist in the physical realm; but the Church which is His Body exists in the spiritual realm. He did not say to His disciples, “Your are bodies of Christ,” just as He did not break the bread and say “These are my bodies.” Each of the disciples possessed the bread, but they did not possess breads.

The Bible informs us that we are different members of the body, with different gifts, abilities, and purposes. But each was created for the purpose of the Body. No individual, church or denomination can ever become the Body, just as a physical ear or hand can never become the whole body. Each member was made to serve the body under the direction and control of the head.

You are the Body of Christ and members in particular (1 Cor. 12:27).   Each time we receive the Communion bread, we are identifying ourselves with Christ and acknowledging that we too, with other believers are part of the Body of Christ, the Church universal. We are connected with Christ the Head and with every other true, born-again believer in the Church, which is His Body.  Christ gave His body to provide salvation for the world, so He now gives himself through His disciples. The Church, which is the Body of Christ here on the earth, is an extension and a continuation of His plan of redemption. Next we will consider how Christ gives His Body.



Posted by: Dale Byers | February 14, 2018

HE BROKE THE BREAD (2) Communion

Matthew 26:26

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 

  Three Redemption Truths  Our last study taught us of the incarnation. Christ Jesus came to be our sin bearer. Our text informs us that:

1. He took the bread. The bread, He informed us, was a symbol of His body. A body was prepared by the Triune God, but it was Jesus who took the body. He is now The God-Man, and He is eternally related to us as humans in order that He might be our perfect Redeemer. Now notice the second symbolic truth.

2.  He Broke The Bread. This symbolic act pictured His death on the Cross. I confess to you that I enter teaching this precious truth with fear and trembling because it is so gory and despicable, so deep and mysterious, beyond my comprehension, and yet so glorious and holy, that I will fail to rise to express it. The angels marvel at it (1 Pet. 1:12); the demons despise it (Matt. 8:29); sinful men reject it (Acts 2:22-24); self-righteous men refuse it (Gal. 2:21). Who could ever do justice to the truths of the sufferings of our Savior? We will be limited by space, time, and ability; but we hope to take you to the Cross. There are three graphic word pictures of the Cross painted for us in the Old Testament: Isaiah 53, and Psalms 22 and 69. In order to prepare for partaking of the communion table, study these passages. They make great preaching to prepare for Resurrection Sunday.  I will give you just one verse from Psalm 69:20:  “Reproach hath broken myheart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

 Notice the last part of that verse, He found none. There is a similar phrase in Romans 3:9-12:  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.

When God created this world, He capped it off with His creation of man. He could view His work of creation of the world, and of Adam and Eve, and exclaim with satisfaction that all was “very good.” Sin entered into the world, and man surrendered his God-ordained position. Following that disobedience, the whole of man’s realm now suffers the consequences of sin. Total depravity has been the effect. God viewed this world the first time from a glorious Throne as creator (Heb. 1:1-3; Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:16). From the Cross our Savior looked upon this world of men whom He had created, and He was seeking to see if there was any righteous. His word declares the truth that “there is none righteous.” From the day of Adam’s sin God promised to send the Savior to redeem man. God sent prophet after prophet who told Israel of the coming Messiah; but when He came, He was rejected. John 1:11 states, He came unto his own, and his own received him not.Christ presented Himself to His own people, Israel, but they rejected and refused Him.

The Lord Jesus in His sovereignly chose 12 men to be his disciples, whom He would teach. For over three years they had been with Him. They witnessed His miracles and heard his sermons. They experienced firsthand the quality of His purity, the depth of His wisdom, and the power of His word. Now in this time of suffering, there were none who could comfort Him. He had been forsaken by all. He sought for comforters, but there were none. There was none who could help Him because there was none who was righteous.

Now look at the first phrase of that verse, because it contains a precious truth. “Reproach hath broken my heart.” Often there have been debates about who killed Jesus. Some say the Romans, some say the Jews. We all know that as sinners we are the ones ultimately responsible. It is how He died that most measures the depth and meaning of the Cross.

He declared that “No man takes my life from Me, I lay it down of my own.” How did Christ die? He died of a broken heart. The weight of the sin of the world was upon Him, and the guilt of every sin of every man of all generations was laid upon the innocent, and righteous, and pure Lamb of God.

When the Father turned his face away, Jesus was totally forsaken (Matt. 27:45-50). He had always done everything that pleased His Father (Jn. 8:29). Because He represented sinful fallen mankind, the Father turned His face away in rejection and withdrew communion and fellowship. From eternity past Jesus always did everything in the power of, and in communion with the Holy Spirit. Now He is left alone. His Father has forsaken Him, and the Holy Spirit has withdrawn from Him. There is no comfort, as there will be no comfort for those who spend an eternity in hell (Rev. 29:11-15). Because He is an eternal person He experienced that God forsaken experience that we would have experienced in an endless tormenting lake of fire.

Reproach hath broken my heart. Medical doctors inform us that the pericardium is a sack that surrounds the heart. In the event of a heart rupture, there is a large sack of blood and water that forms on the abdominal side. Before they took Christ down from the Cross, the soldiers pierced his side, and out flowed blood and water ( Jn.19:34).

The weight of the world’s sin, the weariness of the broken body, the loneliness of the absence of His disciples, the unfathomable hurt of the Father’s rejection, and the lack of the power and strength of the Holy Spirit were all factors. However, it was love that broke the heart of the Lord Jesus. John 19:16-18 states: Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

How often we take the communion bread and we say without emotion, “Yes, I know the communion bread is a picture of how Jesus’ body was broken.” Then we take it with such little meaning, emotion, appreciation, or tears.

This is My body. — He took the bread and broke it.






Posted by: Dale Byers | February 12, 2018

HE TOOK THE BREAD (1) Communion

Matthew 26:26

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

One Sunday our pastor did something that was very effective. We usually have the communion service on the first Sunday of each month. However, one Sunday we came to church and found the communion table prepared a week ahead of schedule. The white cloths, and the trays for the bread and the cups were all in place. As we took our places, you could see people whispering to one another, “Are we having communion service this morning? That should not be until next week.” When the pastor arrived, he took his place just as though we were going to celebrate the Lord’s Table. Then our pastor explained that he had set the communion table early. There was no juice in the cups, and there were no bread in the trays. His emphasis was that we often come to the Lord’s Table with little preparation. He was giving us an entire week to think about this special ministry and why we should be fully prepared the next week. Sometimes it is almost as though we are surprised and unprepared. The next time you participate in this important service, ask yourself how well you have prepared.

When Jesus instituted the communion service, He did it with much preparation. In Matthew 26:1 He reminded His disciples that the Passover Feast was to begin in two days. However, when the time arrived, to their knowledge, nothing had been done about it. The disciples were concerned. It may have appeared to them that Jesus had forgotten that the Passover required many steps of preparation. Perhaps they thought Jesus was negligent of these important details. Each of the synoptic Gospels reveals the disciples coming to Jesus with this important question about preparing for the Passover.

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” (Matt. 26:17).  Do you catch the implications in their words? It is the first day of Passover, and they still have not even begun to prepare. In fact, they did not even know where it would be held. Passover requires a special meal. There were tables to put in place, the lamb to prepare, drinks to bring in, etc.; and they assumed that Jesus was not prepared. Little did they realize the preparations The Son of God had made to prepare for this special time.

The Son of Man had set everything in order and even the minutest details were in place. He even knew there would be a man carrying a pitcher of water on his head. That was an abnormal thing in that culture because it was a woman’s job to carry the water. Even the exact conversation had been arranged, the locations for the meal been established, and everything was set in order. They did not realize how eagerly their Master had prepared for this time.  And He said unto them, With desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer (Luke 22:15).

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (Gal. 4:4-5).  It is my belief that the Lord’s Table is such a precious event that everyone who partakes should be prepared. Jesus prepared His disciples with three symbolic truths of distributing the bread. Let me explain these three truths of redemption.

Three Truths of Redemption-  (1  He- Took The Bread)

Jesus said that the bread represented His body. This symbolic act parallels the incarnation. The eternal Son of God chose, in the counsel of the Trinity, to become a man without losing His identity or His attributes of Deity. He had a body like every other human being, and yet maintained every attribute of God. The Eternal Son of God was the very glory of Heaven; yet, a human body was prepared for Him.

Please study Hebrews 10:4-14, and you will discover that many bodies of animals had been sacrificed. But they could never be adequate substitutes for a human life. Notice:    “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:  ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me” (Heb. 10:4-5).

 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Heb. 10:10).  That perfect body of Jesus Christ had been properly prepared by God through the miraculous conception of the virgin Mary, who conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every step of human birth, of conception, gestation, development, and birth were all part of God preparing a body. Jesus Christ was to become the Son of God and the Son of Man.

It was the sovereign choice of the Triune God for that union of God and man into that special and unique God-Man union. Yet, it was The Son who took the body and became the God-Man. Do you see how those two phrases teach us of the incarnation?

“Jesus took bread” — “This is my body”  By identifying the bread as His body He gave a demonstration of His identification with humanity. He must become one of us in order to be our substitute. Philippians chapter 2 informs us of the humility of Christ—that even though He was God, He humbled himself and took the position of a bond-slave. He became obedient to His Father, even to the point of the Cross death. He was slain as the Passover Lamb.

Before you participate in the next ministry of the Lord’s Table, please prepare your heart by reading Matthew chapter 26, Philippians chapter 2, and Hebrews chapter 10. Now prepare your life to become a humble servant who is willing to be obedient even to the Cross death. Paul the Apostle wrote in Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

  • The other two points will follow.

*  More studies on the Lord’s Table can be found “In Remembrance of Me”  which is a 376 page book on the subject of The Lord’s Table.  It may be purchased at Faithful Life Publishers in North Fort Myers, FL.


Posted by: Dale Byers | February 9, 2018


 Ephesians 4:30-32

 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, when another person wrongs us, we have a choice to make. We can choose to allow our soul to be consumed with hatred toward the person who wounded and wronged us. If we choose this path, we allow that person to become the controller of our future. It grants permission for our lives to be filled with bitterness, revenge, and hatred. We will live to see them hurt. If we make this choice, we will never be satisfied in life because there will always be unfulfilled passions for revenge. When we make this choice, we grant permission for that person to come between us and our fellowship with God. We will constantly have our thoughts interrupted with visions of their face. We will have mental debates and arguments. There will be continual imaginary battles and skirmishes. They will eat meals with us, travel with us in the car, and occupy our minds with thoughts of their hurt for their wrong deeds. This is a voluntary choice that is made for our own gratification.

There is another choice we can make, and that is the choice of perfect forgiveness. I use the word perfect because sometimes we compromise forgiveness with just a small tinge of revenge, and we hope secretly that God will bong them for their wrong. “That will teach them to treat me in such a manner.” If this is so, then it is not forgiveness. This is not the perfect forgiveness that Christ taught us to practice, nor is this the pattern of Christ’s example of love and forgiveness.

Consider this quote:

When I forgive, I give up all future claims against the person forgiven. When I do this, I trust God to right any wrong in whatever manner He sees fit. He often deals with those who trespass against me at the cross. If you understand what happened at the cross, this is the most severe punishment imaginable.    If someone has taken something from you, the only sensible thing to give in return is forgiveness, not your peace of mind and heart.       Matthew 6:14: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

The above quote was taken from a book which I highly recommend to you. The title is Outrageous Forgiveness in 30 Days. It was written by Dr. Larry Lilly, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana. There are 30 short chapters filled with illustrations of people who chose to forgive or chose not to forgive. I personally used it in my daily devotions by reading one chapter each day. This gave me time to think of the truth presented and the example that Christ demonstrated for me to imitate. Dr. Lilly is an avid reader and a deep thinker. He also has a daily devotional that will provide insights for your daily life. You may contact him at:

Dr. Larry Lilly,  Berean Baptist Church,  6770 N. Clinton Street,  Terre Haute, IN 47805        812-240-4842;  Email address:





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